The Lexus LS -- in Britain -- is a strange thing. In the USA (say), everyone naturally assumes that the very best car is, of course, the Lexus LS. Then - quite a step down - you have the unreliable, slow, plasticky S-Class and the more eccentric (unreliable, slow, plasticky) 7-Series. In Texas, for instance, "every" rich person simply has a Lexus LS..."The Big L" they say. If you're struggling and you can bear plastic interiors, you might get a Benz. Also, everyone realizes that EVERY LS you see has the massive, nutcase 4.3 V8. Whereas S-Classes and BMs are "trick" cars: 95% of them are the pathetic 2.1 (or whatever) models. Or diesels! All Lexus LS (just as with say, "all Murcielagos" or "all Scaglettis" or "all Phantoms") are the same variant: an actual 4.3, ultra-luxury Lexus LS. With the S-Class and 7-Series, 95% of the cars are cheap lookalikes that don't even have, say, basic airconditioned seats (for goodness sake) or a serious engine. So again - there is this strange duality where in much of the world Lexus is seen as "the" car with far and away the best engineering, most prestige, fastest, far and away the most luxurious interior, etc etc. And Benz and BM are the quirky, unreliable, "European choice". (This is all incredibly obvious to yanks, because, Japan wipes the floor with Germany in every engineering field. Have you ever had a German TV?) This review terminated due to 1500 character limit.
J May, December 30th 2007